Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), MST

Campus: NYC, Westchester

Candidates in the TESOL program at the Pace University will gain the skills and knowledge necessary for today's linguistically and culturally diverse classrooms. They will receive a specialized study in multilingual language and literacy development, differentiated instruction, and culturally-responsive pedagogy. TESOL is a growing field with promising career opportunities domestically and internationally. Candidates who successfully complete the program and meet requirements will be certified to teach in English as a New Language (ENL) programs in Pre-K through 12 settings.


Career changers and college graduates who want to teach but do not have an undergraduate degree in education.

What You Learn 

This 30-credit program provides a focused exploration of the theory, research and methods for teaching ELLs. Candidates will acquire an awareness and understanding of the sociocultural and sociolinguistic issues that impact the acquisition of English as an additional language among students. A one-semester full-time student-teaching experience rounds out the intensive study for TESOL certification. 

Career Outcomes 

Candidates who successfully complete the program and pass the New York State Teacher Certification Exams will be certified to teach English to speakers of other languages in all grade levels from Pre K-12. 

Prerequisites/Admission Requirements 

Candidates for MST in TESOL must have a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. (Upon the recommendation of the director of Student Support Services, candidates whose GPA is less than 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis, provided that it is determined that the candidate has the necessary knowledge and skills to complete the program successfully). Candidates will submit official undergraduate transcripts documenting completion of requirements for the liberal arts and sciences; a major or concentration in the liberal arts and sciences; and at least 12 semester hours or the equivalent of study of a language other than English (LOTE). Individuals who lack the required LOTE college-level coursework may earn credits after admission by exams such as CLEP or by taking courses.

We require the GRE-Graduate Record Examination—General Test.  Performance on the GRE will not outweigh the other required criteria in your application.

Course Requirements
Please note that all of the required courses have a required fieldwork element.
ED 551Foundations of Bilingual Education3
ED 556ACMA:Teaching Eng Language & Literacy to Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students3
ED 556BCMA: Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students across the Content Areas3
ED 557Linguistics and Grammar for Language Teachers3
ED 559Student Teaching or Practica for TESOL Candidates3
EDG 601Social Foundations1.5
ED 650Research/Theory in Developing Literacy3
ED 690Teacher as Researcher3
EDG 602Adolescent Development1.5
or EDG 602C Child Development
EDG 605General Assessment3
EDG 606Learning Environments3
TCH 211AChild Abuse and Violence Prevention0
TCH 211DDASA- Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Discrimination in Schools, Prevention & Intervention0
Total Credits30